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  • Oct 24, 1889
    Record executive Frank Walker is born in Fly Summit, New York. Associated with early jazz and bluegrass recordings at Columbia and RCA, he becomes the first president of MGM in 1947, signing Hank Williams
    Feb 1, 1919
    Frank Walker ends his three-year stint with the Navy, taking a job with Columbia Records, where he discovers Gid Tanner, Riley Puckett and Charlie Poole. He eventually becomes the first MGM president, signing Hank Williams
    Jun 8, 1955
    MGM chief Frank Walker telegrams Sun Records' Sam Phillips with an offer to buy Elvis Presley's recording contract. It's the latest among a series of offers from Decca, Capitol, Mercury, Chess, Atlantic and Dot
    Oct 15, 1963
    Frank B. Walker, the first president of MGM Records, dies of a heart attack at his Queens, New York, home. The label was the recording home for Hank Williams, and will go on to represent Marie Osmond, Hank Williams Jr. and Mel Tillis
    May 15, 2018
    Vanderbilt University Press and Country Music Foundation Press publish "A&R Pioneers: Architects Of American Roots Music On Record." The book explores the work of Bob Wills, Jimmie Rodgers, The Carter Family and Louis Armstrong, as well as the influence of producers Ralph Peer, Frank Walker, Don Law and Art Satherley

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